No-Life Zone: Deeper and Deeper Into the Mire

Written by Chris Floyd 20 June 2011 7427 Hits

Obviously, there was a typo in the UN resolution approving NATO’s operations in Libya. It was widely reported that the resolution authorized the establishment of a “no-fly” zone in Libya to protect civilians from being killed by military attack. However, it’s clear now that what the international body really greenlighted was a “no-life” zone, designed to, er, kill people with, er, military attacks. It’s an easy mistake to make, really, transposing the “f” and “l” like that; a UN transcriptionist probably misheard the original intention, then mentally “corrected” it with the “y” to make it read in the more accustomed manner. Happens all the time.

Read more ...No-Life Zone: Deeper and Deeper Into the Mire

A Dozen Beasts Slouching: Long View of a Dark Age

Written by Chris Floyd 13 June 2011 5135 Hits

I wrote the lines below more than 25 years ago; but when I finally got around to putting them to music some months ago, what had seemed allusive and metaphorical – both the public overview and the personal intimations of mortality – had become all too real. It’s like the passage toward the end of Doctor Zhivago, when two survivors of revolution, famine, purge, camps and war are looking back:

Read more ... A Dozen Beasts Slouching: Long View of a Dark Age

Visible Means of Support: Backing Brutality in Bahrain

Written by Chris Floyd 12 June 2011 8261 Hits

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate met with the crown prince of Bahrain and "reaffirmed" the United States' "strong commitment" to the regime of unelected autocrats. The Peace Laureate -- who in his acceptance of the Prize wrapped himself in the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi -- also "expressed strong support" for the regime's "ongoing efforts to initiate national dialogue ... [and] forge a just future for all Bahrainis."President Obama had dropped in a meeting the prince was having with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who likewise extolled the autocrats for their "national dialogue" and "important work."There is indeed "important work" going on in Bahrain these days, and the autocratic regime's "ongoing efforts to initiate dialogue" -- the campaign laude...

Read more ...Visible Means of Support: Backing Brutality in Bahrain

The Impossible Distance: A Choice to Kill

Written by Chris Floyd 06 June 2011 8860 Hits

I watched them marching toward the border. Row upon row of them in the hot, bright sun. They marched without guns, without tanks and missiles -- although some, like the shepherd boy David, did pick up a few rocks to hurl into the impossible distance.I watched them stream down the green hill toward the heaps of dirt and wire. I saw them, old and young, walk toward the occupied land. I saw them come closer -- close enough for the heavily-armed occupying force to have them in range. From a distance -- behind the barbed wire, with the occupiers, where the cameras that showed the scene were set -- I heard the dull pops and parps of the guns as they fired. I saw the marchers kept streaming down the hill, although the first wave was now breaking in disarray. I heard the guns again. I saw some ...

Read more ...The Impossible Distance: A Choice to Kill

Money, Murder, and the Madness of Empire

Written by Chris Floyd 03 June 2011 5290 Hits

As always, I hate to do this, but I just wanted to put out a brief call for donations, if anyone feels moved to pitch a few coins into the hat. Regular financial support for this site has dwindled down to almost nothing; there is now only one regular subscriber, where once there had been dozens. (Was it something I said?) People do chip in from time to time, and I'm enormously grateful for that. And of course, times are hard all over, and there are needs far greater than mine. (Arthur Silber, for one; don't you dast give anything here without giving there first.) Still, the income once generated by my political writings has essentially disappeared, and one does feel that gap every now and then. So if you've got a few pennies, and you've taken care of your own needs and those of others in...

Read more ...Money, Murder, and the Madness of Empire

Borderline Case: Some Real News Beyond the "Reset" Rhetoric

Written by Chris Floyd 26 May 2011 8477 Hits

In the last few days, Barack Obama has delivered two “major,” “landmark,” even “historic” speeches, which apparently have “reset” American policy in the Middle East, reaffirmed the overwhelming importance of “the West” (i.e., Britain and America) to the proper functioning of the world, and, we are told, “squarely” put the United States on the side of the dissidents and rebels of the Arab Spring.  All of these claims, put forth in reams of earnest analysis and paeans of praise, call to mind the immortal words of Brick Pollitt: “Wouldn’t that be funny if that was true?”

Read more ...Borderline Case: Some Real News Beyond the "Reset" Rhetoric

A Brief Primer on the Recent Supreme Court Decision in Kentucky v. King

Written by Chris Floyd 21 May 2011 7377 Hits

Can cops now invade your home without a warrant anytime they feel like it? Sure they can. Doesn't this completely and literally eviscerate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and specifically requires the use of a warrant? Sure it does. So, was there really any point in having an American Revolution, if we have ended up with a tyranny far more implacable, intrusive, violent and extremist than anything in the wildest dreams of the most retrograde royalist serving King George III? Reckon not.

Read more ...A Brief Primer on the Recent Supreme Court Decision in Kentucky v. King

Some Direction Home: Down the Old Plank Road With Dylan

Written by Chris Floyd 23 May 2011 9721 Hits

In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, here's a reprise of a piece I wrote back when he was just a whippersnapper of 63: There's a legend in my family that we are kin to Uncle Dave Macon. We are for certain distant cousins to the Macons of Wilson County – and Uncle Dave lived in the next county over. My parents met him once, driving to his farm one afternoon when they were teenagers, not yet married. This was not too long before his death. They found him sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch. He greeted the young strangers like the kinfolk one of them might well have been, invited them into the house, showed them his memorabilia, and gave my mother – one of "them pretty girls from Tennessee" he sang about so often – a small, delicate glass deer as a memento of the visit. Back ...

Read more ...Some Direction Home: Down the Old Plank Road With Dylan

Quick Takes: Slaughter, Suppression and Fighting for the Light

Written by Chris Floyd 17 May 2011 7008 Hits

1. Aiding Enlightenment Arthur Silber, one of the great voices of enlightenment in our benighted age, is in the direst of straits, suffering through one of the worst bouts of the chronic ill health that has afflicted him for years. He has not been able to write for many weeks, but has now surfaced, very briefly, to give us the good news that he is still alive, and the bad news that he is suffering mightily, and that one of his beloved companions also needs medical care. If you have any money to spare, please consider making a contribution to Silber's website; it is his only means of support, and of course, donations fall when he is not able to write. The tragedy of seeing such a mind, such a spirt, forced to such perilous margins is painful indeed. Please help if you are able.

Read more ...Quick Takes: Slaughter, Suppression and Fighting for the Light

Recent Popular Articles

Heart of Darkness: An Exceptional Danger

Apr 05, 2015 355 Chris Floyd
*** This is my column from the latest print version of CounterPunch Magazine. *** According to latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the United States currently deploys some 2,080…
Read More...

Fear of a Black Prophet: The Lowdown on the Takedown of Cornel West

Apr 23, 2015 303 Chris Floyd
Glenn Ford says, with eloquent heat, exactly what I was thinking: that Michael Dyson's brutal character assassination of Cornel West in the historically racist pages of the New Republic was, above…
Read More...

Inglorious Goobers: Progressives Line Up to Defend Corrupt Clintons

Apr 24, 2015 292 Chris Floyd
It's amusing to see how our staunch progressives -- who believe so deeply in a level playing field and fair play, who railed so vociferously against crony capitalism back in Bush-Time -- are now…
Read More...

Sham and Shame: Saudi-US Slaughter in Yemen Shows Truth of Terror War

Apr 29, 2015 261 Chris Floyd
Last week, the United States sent an armada to Yemen, to help enforce a blockade of the poverty-ridden country as it groans under the mass slaughter of Saudi Arabia’s American-backed war of…
Read More...

Murder’s Loophole: US Cluster Bombs Rain Mass Death on Yemen

May 03, 2015 245 Chris Floyd
On Sunday, Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia is dropping cluster bombs supplied by the United States in the relentless onslaught on Yemen. These horrific weapons — which not only unleash…
Read More...

Remembering a Veteran Lost in the Madness of War

May 25, 2015 158 Chris Floyd
Lost in Biloxi.... He lost his way in BiloxiHe lost his way down on that shoreThat was still choked with the debrisOf a storm from long beforeHe lost his way in the madhouseWhere he tended to the…
Read More...